Tanzania is a gift, a compelling tale told around the campfire. Tanzania is the prize, unrivalled in its natural abundance.
Each year, across the gold brushed plains of the Serengeti hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra meld into one long unbroken chain of animals moving across the plains with but a single purpose…to follow the rains to greener grasses. This ritual has been reenacted for millennia. Our own human history tracks back to the stony footsteps of our early ancestors at Olduvai Gorge. In addition to the legendary Serengeti, Tanzania offers such gems as Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro; the largest wildlife sanctuary, Selous; and deepest lake, Tanganyika. The Ngorongoro Crater is unique in all the world, an ancient caldera that looks like a giant bowl filled with a hearty selection of nearly every type of East African animal. To the north lie the lush landscapes of Lake Manyara, famed for superb birdlife, and nearby Tarangire National Park offers breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south. Southern Tanzania is Old Africa at its finest. Its remote national parks – Ruaha, Katavi, Mikumi and Udzungwa Forest, often called the “African Galapagos,” yield priceless rewards of spectacular solitude and closeness to nature rarely experienced anymore. The Southern Highlands offer the chance to learn about life in the country at a private estate.
Miles of white sand beaches on the islands of Zanzibar invite relaxation. Today, private conservancies are leading the way in stepping up to the challenges of sustainability as more travelers begin to discover this tantalizing safari destination. Big Five endorses the use of private conservancies as they work to protect Tanzania’s exceptional wilderness regions while at the same time offering unprecedented opportunities for health, education and employment to local communities and outstanding safari experiences to our guests.
Tanzania is archetypal Africa, and measures taken today can have a positive and profound result on the future of this stellar destination.
President’s Pick: Private Conservancies in Tanzania 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $14,850
“When a country struggles for tourism the way many in Africa have in the last 18 months, there is something special that comes out of that journey – innovation. Over the last decade, the resistance to poaching and the need to preserve indigenous cultures became so strong that the notion of community-based conservancies was born. It was pioneered in countries like Namibia and Kenya. That same idea spread like wildfire into Tanzania, where the commitment to the conservancy model of safaris is now thriving. We hope that the cliché of the mass of tourist buses surrounding animals and Maasai villages that are more like gift shops become a thing of the past. This safari is an example of what the future of safaris in Tanzania will look like in the years to come. Why wait for the future when it can be your present.”
Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,865
This Kenya & Tanzania Safari Classic is a perfect adventure for the first-time safari traveler. Explore game-rich private conservancies and national parks in search of the famous big five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Experience the open plains of the Serengeti and the fabled lands of the Mara. Learn about the traditional Maasai culture.
Southern Tanzania 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,450
Explore Southern Tanzania's remarkable wildlife places by vehicle, on foot and by boat. Explore the ecosystems and animals of Tanzania's largest park, Ruaha National Park. Walking safaris in Katavi National Park are simply outstanding with the highest concentrations of hippo and crocodiles in Tanzania. Discover Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at classic safari lodges and camps that recall the wonder of an earlier time.
Tanzania 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $11,300
This luxury safari ventures into the magnificent Serengeti Plains, the site of one of the last great animal migrations on earth. Stay in classic tented camps and search for the big five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as wildebeest, zebra and so much more. A safari is a life-enhancing adventure.